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Sites of Palpable Arteries A. The temporal artery is anterior to the ear and overlies the temporal bone, one of the few normally tortuous arteries. The common carotid is deep in the neck near the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. The bifurcation of this artery is opposite the superior border of the thyroid cartilage. The carotid sinus is at the bifurcation. B. Elongation or dilation of the ascending aorta and arch makes this vessel accessible to palpation in the suprasternal notch. With slight shifting to the right or left, the innominate or left carotid arteries may also be felt in the notch. C. The brachial artery lies deep in the biceps-triceps furrow on the medial side of the arm near the elbow. It courses toward the midline of the antecubital fossa, where it is usually just medial to the biceps tendon. D. The radial artery is just medial to the outer border of the radius and lateral to the tendon of the flexor Source: Vital Signs, Anthropometric Data, and Pain, DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination, 10e carpi radialis, where the finger can press it against the bone. The ulnar artery is in a similar position to the ulna, but it is buried deeper, so it often cannot Citation: LeBlond DD, M, Szotcan JF.usually DeGowin’s Examination, 10e; 2015 Available at: http://mhmedical.com/ be felt. E. The abdominal aortaRF, andBrown parts of theSuneja iliac arteries be feltDiagnostic as generalized pulsations through the abdominal wall. The femoral artery is Accessed: April 30, 2017 palpable at the inguinal ligament midway between the anterior superior iliac spine and the pubic tubercle. F. The posterior tibial artery is palpable as it Copyright © 2017 McGraw-Hill reserved curves forward below and around the medialEducation. malleolusAll of rights the tibia. The dorsalis pedis artery is felt usually in the groove between the first two tendons on the medial side of the dorsum of the foot.